People are feeling a lot of added stress as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. You not only have to worry about a virus that is spreading rapidly, but you are stuck at home more and you may not be able to do many of the things you would have done to relieve stress before the pandemic.
Calm is an app that focuses on things like meditation, mindfulness, stress relief and sleep. It will not only teach you meditation, but it also has resources to help you manage stress in everyday life. The app works with iOS and Android, but it is a subscription-based service. You can start with a free 7-day trial, but it costs $12.99/month after that.
This is another meditation and mindfulness app for both iOS and Android. It teaches many of the same techniques you would learn from the Calm app, so it can be good for learning to meditate or be more mindful. It also offers methods for managing stress in the moment. This app is free to use, but there is paid content.
Headspace is another meditation app and it also offers features and lessons that are similar to the two apps listed above. One thing that sets this app apart is that it gives you an explanation of why you are using certain techniques and what they are good for. With Headspace, you can start with a free 30-day trial that teaches the basics. After that, a subscription costs $12.99 a month.
Smiling Mind is a meditation and mindfulness app. It doesn’t offer all of the features you would get from the other apps on this list, but it is free and you don’t have to pay for a subscription to unlock all of the features. It also offers a range of programs that are intended for different purposes or goals.
This is an app that offers information about the effects of stress and it teaches breathing exercises. It uses video, audio and text to teach exercises and it also has progress tracking. The app has versions for iOS and Android and it is a good tool for relieving stress no matter where you are.
The Ambi app is an ambient noise generator. What makes this better than many others is that it does not use tracks that are just played on a loop. With an algorithm to create ambient noise, it plays continuously and you do not have the issue of tracks suddenly stopping and starting. The standard Ambi app is free for iOS and there is a pro version for $0.99.
Beyond apps that are designed for stress relief, you have a wide assortment of games that can be good for relaxing. You could try things like crossword puzzles or solitaire. Something simple like a coloring app for adults could also be a good way to relax and relieve stress.